Devil's Claw Black Seeded Seeds - (Proboscidea parviflora)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 10 seeds per pack
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Devil's Claw Black Seeded
In the American Southwest, only one plant was deliberately planted and selectively bred over long periods of time for basket making; Devil’s claw. The black fibers from the “claws” are unmatched for durability in hand-made baskets. In fact, it is purposefully grown around every pueblo that still produces baskets. Skilled craftsmen weave a basket from devil’s claw that is water tight and will last over 30 years in daily use.
The leaves are broad and oval-triangular from 2-6" wide. Flowers are in groups of 4-10 and range from white to pink. Throats are mottled purple with usually two lines of purplish spots, with yellow nectar guides.
The flowers are significant pollinator attractants and the plants are highly heat and drought tolerant.
The Papago used the young pods as food, while the Pima cracked the seeds between the teeth and ate them like pine-nuts. To treat rheumatic pains, the Pima broke off a small piece of the claw and pressed it into the flesh, then lighted it and allowed it to burn. Pima used as Analgesic and Antirheumatic (external). Southwestern natives and Hispanics steeped the dried seedpods into a tea to treat headaches.
The young pods look somewhat like curved okra and small pods are cooked or pickled in much the same way as okra. The seeds, or kernels, have a nutty flavor and are rich in oil and protein, making a healthy snack. Each pod contains around a tablespoon of seeds, so a large planting on an unused piece of land can provide a substantial amount of food.
The claws of the mature seedpods of devil's claw were collected in autumn, split and used to create black basketry designs by many tribes in southern California and the Southwest. These tribes include the Chemehuevi, Kawaiisu, Owens Valley Paiute, Tubatulabal, Havasupai, Papago, and Pima. Because the claws are durable, they were often used to construct the base and rim of baskets among the Papago and Pima. The material is still gathered wild or plants are cultivated in home gardens by contemporary weavers.
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